By Rui Hu, EDITOR
When will 5G service be accessible to Chongqing citizens? One month from now!
According to the 5G Empowering Intelligent Future Forum of 2019 Smart China Expo, 5G service will be provided by communication operators in Chongqing this September. About 10,000 5G base stations will be built in Chongqing within this year.
5G, as a new generation of mobile communication technology, has unprecedented network connectivity, offers higher speed, massive connections, and lower latency. According to Cai Lizhi, Director of Chongqing Communications Administration, the Strategic Cooperation Agreement on Deepening 5G Digital Chongqing Construction was signed by China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Tower and the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government ahead of SCE 2019. As the first strategic cooperation agreement signed by and between the four companies with the local government after the issuance of licenses of 5G for commercial use this year, it is also one of the essential achievements of the Expo and has typical demonstration significance.
In the next three years, the four companies will infuse RMB 35 billion in Chongqing to build a digital 5G ready network in Chongqing. In 2019, 10,000 5G base stations will be built, and 5G services will be available this September thanks to the efforts of the operators.
As introduced by Cai Lizhi, the 5G network is still in its early stage of development with its terminal, business, and application in the incubation period, so it will take some time to realize mature applications. During this period, Chongqing will keep improving its 4G network coverage, which means 5G coincide with 4G for the foreseeable future.
Chongqing is currently in the first camp of 5G network construction. Next, a 5G-centric network is to be built in Chongqing by laying a solid foundation for the policy environment of 5G development and making 5G planning and site reserve to form the supporting construction such as the transmission network, and a 5G network covering the whole city as soon as possible. By the end of this year, 10,000 5G base stations will be built.
Secondly, emphasis shall be put on industries by combing Chongqing’s traditional advantageous industries and expanding related industries based on the upstream and downstream industrial chains such as 5G platform, networks, and terminals. In the meantime, the application shall be ensured by speeding up the innovative use of 5G and giving full play to the “high speed, low delay and big connection” of 5G, to apply 5G to transportation, medical care, industrial sector, culture, sports, education, and other industries.
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